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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague May 21st 2006

Left Berlin and headed for Prague. Had lunch at Dresden - this place was totalled during WW2 and they have rebuilt the old buildings without cleaning up the original workk so you can see the damage that was done. Got to Czech border, had to get the passports out for a stampin. A few kms over the border there were these little huts with big windows, a closer look showed that there were some ladies sitting there waiting for some business (weird, it was the middle of nowhere) and one place had them dancing outside right near the road. Made it to Prague, had a bohemian dinner at the hotel, hotel was good because it had a kids area near the bar and kept Michael busy while Mum and Dad unwound with a few quiet ones. ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague May 20th 2006

We went to the zoo here in Prague today. We knew approximately where it was located, but not the exact location. We also knew that we could not get there by tram or by subway, that we would have to change from the subway to a bus. We took the subway with no problem. But at first we could not find the bus stop. Just outside one of the entrances to the subway there were long distance busses, but we knew a drive of a mile or two was not on their schedule. Finally we found the bus, number 112. As we approached the bus the driver opened the door and I climbed in showing him my ticket. He said something to me in Czech and pointed off to his right. So, I stepped down off ... read more
Penguin seesaws
Big sister and little brother
Asian Eagle

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague May 20th 2006

Yup, went here too. More later.... read more
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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague May 19th 2006

Just arrived in Prague today after a very sad good bye to Blair and ALyssa who are headed to Dacchau and then Ireland and Scotland. Good thing for free Internet or I would still be crying my little eyes out because I miss em so much... Our last few days travelling together were in two of the neatest towns--Gimmelwald, Switzerland and Rothenburg, Germany. We stayed two (way too short) nights in Gimmelwald, Switzerland, and old garming town nestled in the Swiss Alps just below Jungfrau, one of the highest peaks in Switzerland. The town is just 200 people and there are only 3 different families that reside in the town. In order to get there we took a train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen and then a gondola from Lauterbrunnen a thousand feet straight up into the ... read more
The storybook town of Gimmelwald from above.
Schneeballs...
The rooftops of Medieval Rothenburg...

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague May 19th 2006

This morning we took a three-hour bus ride out of Prague to Brno, Czech Republic. None of us really had any idea what was in Brno or why we were going there—we were just along for the ride. We arrived about midday and much of the group decided to nap. However, several of us opted to walk into the center of town and see what Brno was all about. On our walk, I discovered that this was the town where Gregor Mendel did his experiments with the genetics of pea plants. A sign in front of his museum indicated that our lack of knowledge about this city was not a function of its non-importance but rather our own ignorance. But I guess if we knew it all, there would be no point in traveling. Dr. Crabb ... read more
Flowers outside of McDonalds
Our First Glimpse at Brno
Interesting Public Art

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague May 19th 2006

Aunt Gerry isn't kidding... Prague is absolutely AMAZING! Phuong and I are officially in love with this city, and we're taking an extra day to make sure we see everything we want. There are some new, funky buildings, like the Dancing Building, but our favorites are the older buildings adorned with fantastic and intricate statues. Between the Charles Bridge and the buildings surrounding it, I've decided that I'm quite surprised how strong the religious influence is (I didn't expect it to be so since the country was communist for a period of time). There are buildings with depictions of the pope, others with angels, and some with apostles. The Charles Bridge has statues of Jesus and other Christian figures. Oddly, there are buildings that seem to show statues of Roman soldiers. It is just all ... read more
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Our hostel is a boathouse!
Our hostel in Prague!

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague May 18th 2006

Today was a pretty long day. We had classes until 5. So first we had our art history class in which we visited a castle, the Charles Bridge, the Baroque Gardens and St. Nicolas' Church. All these places were quite nice but after all that walking I had to find something to eat. So we ate at the university cafeteria which has good, cheap food. Then in our history class we went the Vysehrad castle. It was nice. It was surrounded by tombstones and this really beautiful park which I found wierd and interesting. Then on our way back home I needed to get some money exchanged and so I went and then I realized that the library was nearby so I decided to go sit in the Prague public library and study. It was nice. ... read more
Baroque Gardens
St. Nicolas Cathedral
vysehard

Europe » Czech Republic » South Moravian Region » Brno May 18th 2006

It’s no secret that smaller groups are more fun and easier to be around. Thus, I consider myself lucky that I went on an ad hoc excursion to Dvorak’s grave today. Banville mentioned that the grave was somewhere in Prague, and my memory said it was at Prague castle on Castle Hill. Yesterday I asked Pavel, our guide, where it is. He set me straight, telling me it wasn’t at Hradcany at all, but across the river and south at another fortress, Vysehrad (hrad means fortress in Czech.) He said he would be more than happy to take a group of us there if we wanted. I was overjoyed. This morning we met Pavel at the hotel and he took us via subway and tram to Vysehrad, “the fortress on the hill.” At the mouth of ... read more
A 10th Century Rotunda
A View from the "Castle on the Hill"
A Beautiful View of the Vltava

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague May 17th 2006

So today we had classes until 2:30. Then I came home and went to the grocery store nearby. I actually got to use some czech today. I had to get the lady's attention, then reach up to the top shelf and bring down the bottled water that I like, and then tell her that I wanted one. I was pretty proud of myself since I was able to convey this all using my czech instead of pointing and waving. We had a dinner with Samir today and he showed us an Afghani restaurant. Everyone was a little sceptical about this but the food turned out to be really really good. I loved it! I had pindia, I was so happy. The funny thing was though, that some of the music they played was hindi music so ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague May 17th 2006

Rainy again in Prague today. Actually, I've never seen Prague when it wasn't rainy, despite one Praguer's insistence that it's not usually like this! Luckily the clouds let up while we were on our walking tour. We toured Hradcany and Prague Castle today. I am perpetually amazed by all the rich history in which this city is steeped. Not a violent country, but they seem to be able to change things when they need to. Also, the influences of the smattering of cultures and people that have shaped Prague’s landscape was apparent again today on Castle Hill. I love symbols-all the statues, mosaics, ornamentations, stained glass… Like a storybook fashioned out of metal and glass. Whether furtively or boldly, they always tell Prague’s story beautifully. Each statue or bas-relief depicts an independent story: St. Wenceslas on ... read more
Castle Gate
The Eagle
The Lion




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